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Friday, December 16, 2005

Going PoMo

Consider these words and phrases then their scriptural meaning, if any, and let’s see which ones give the greatest number of differing definitions. This might lead to some profitable deconstruction.
Repent
Sanctify
Regenerate
Born again

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12 Comments:

Blogger Seeker said...

In simple, layman's terms:

Repent - Turn away; change your mind; decide to go a different direction.

Sanctify - Make holy; perfect (v.).

Regenerate - Make or become new; make again; make different.

Born Again - Become alive spiritually; go from spiritual death to spiritual life.

12/16/2005 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger Jayne said...

We haven't even started bible study yet and you're already giving tests? Please grade on a curve! :)

Repent is to pay for your sins.

Sanctify is to accept. We sanctify when we recieve a sacrament.

Regenerate...not sure

Born again I know as in a born-again christian, but I'm not really sure what that refers to because catholics don't teach that.

12/16/2005 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Bless you both!

Seeker, I'm all for layman's terms! (especially since that's the best I can do (grin))

Jayne, I thought a little pre-study couldn't hurt and you even get to grade yourself! ;-)

Remember I’m trying to define these words as they were intended in their original form in the NT. I plan to offer a post on each, and more, but for comparison:

Repent - A change of attitude (thought, desire and determination)
Sanctify - Worthy of reverance by virtue of being set apart for service by and for God
Regenerate - Renew
Born again – the conception of grace and belief, soul salvation

12/17/2005 05:15:00 AM  
Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

Good definitions given here so far. My understanding of the scriptures are most in line with what Seeker says above about the words repent, sanctify, regnerate and born again.

I need to look up some passages to best support the first three, which I'll try to do here in a while, but I think one of the best passages to support the definition of "born again" is found in John 3:1-20, where the Pharisee Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night (probably afraid to be seen with Jesus by day because of his position as a Jewish leader) to ask questions.

It is a wonderful passage that needs to be read over and over and studied to gain all of the insights and spiritual truths God would have us learn. It tells us a lot about the heart of Nicodemus in his coming and his questions and Jesus reveals much about what his work is all about.

12/17/2005 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger pecheur said...

Kc,

Are thinking about coming over to the "dark" side?

You got my attention with the title Going POMO. Glad to see you have not completely finished writing on the subject.

12/17/2005 06:12:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Dee, thanks so much for posting. It looks like the most varied so far is sanctify so I'll probably start with that one. I'm looking forward to the discussion. ;-)

hehe Pech, gotcha! Now where are your definitons? ;-)

12/17/2005 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Antonio said...

Hey KC, I look with anticipation on anything that you give regarding these doctrines.

BTW, were you ever able to read Bob Wilkin's article on repentance that I reffered you to on my blog?

I really appreciate your kind words on my blog.

As I said to Matthew (Dyspraxic Fundamentalist) I would really enjoy drinking tea with you in the kingdom (seeing that the possibility of us meeting in this life and drinking tea is probably less likely). Jesus said that He would be drinking wine in the Kingdom. Maybe we could share a quaf of that as well!

Your friend,

Antonio

12/18/2005 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Antonio, thanks so much.

I did read several articles from him on the topic and they were all very encouraging. Thanks for the reference. His conclusion was a bit broader than my understanding at present but I admit his study is as well. It seems we agree in the specific definition of the term but he is more certain of its use in the scripture. I basically agree with his conclusion, but I think I prefer to keep the term separate from its use in each instance.

As for refreshments on high, I’ll have what He’s having! I really look forward to sharing that with you guys! ;-)

12/19/2005 04:21:00 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Repent--to change your mind; to accept a new way of thinking about something.

Sanctify--to be set apart from sin unto holiness.

Regenerate--to be made new

Born again--to experience the second birth where the Holy Spirit comes to indwell you and place you into God's family; to be passed from death unto life.

12/19/2005 08:49:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

Kristi, once again you can see we're cut from the same cloth. ;-)

12/19/2005 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger earth from eic said...

Hey kc,

Repent - to change your mind about a sinful behavior; make a 180-degree turn from sin to God.

Sanctify - to set apart; to make holy.

Regenerate - to produce anew

Born again - the spiritual change that occurs at salvation wherein we become "new creatures" in Christ Jesus.

12/19/2005 09:01:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Chris, welcome! I really appreciate you joining in and I'm honestly over-anxious to start examining these one at a time. I'm counting on everyone for input.

12/20/2005 07:22:00 AM  

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